Definition of cup-tied in English:

cup-tied

adjective

British
  • (of a soccer player) ineligible to play for one's club in a cup competition as a result of having played for another club in an earlier round:

    ‘he missed the 2–0 FA Cup victory against Tottenham because he is cup-tied’
    • ‘Play him and see his transfer market valuation plunge if he was cup-tied, or try to get through a game that decided the club's future in terms of finances and status without him.’
    • ‘The goalkeeper is cup-tied in the competition, having played for Livingston - the club he left four months ago to join Celtic on a short-term deal.’
    • ‘They lost their place in the final after losing their semi-final rematch, which they were ordered to play after mistakenly fielding a cup-tied player.’
    • ‘Even if they sign, they are both cup-tied, having already turned out in the competition for their respective clubs.’
    • ‘A registered professional player is only cup-tied if he has played for another pro club in that year's competition.’
    • ‘They have to face the Ellesmere Port side without the addition of new faces as any more signings are cup-tied for the competition.’
    • ‘There are also no cup-tied complications with the Kiwi midfielder.’
    • ‘They were ordered to replay their semi after fielding a cup-tied player in the original victory and lost the rematch 1-0.’
    • ‘However, rumours abound that he is about to be left out of the side to avoid being cup-tied for the rest of the competition.’
    • ‘With two players cup-tied and two suspended, the Third Division's sole Scottish Cup survivors were facing one of the First Division's on-form sides.’
    • ‘He is on loan from Harrogate Town and the North Yorkshire club did not want him cup-tied in case of a recall.’
    • ‘Brown, who has named a 16-strong squad for the derby tie, added: ‘We have no players cup-tied, none suspended and no new injuries.’’
    • ‘He is eligible to play for us until January 8 but he doesn't want to get himself cup-tied.’
    • ‘Both missed the games as he attempts to maximise their potential transfer value by ensuring that they do not become cup-tied for the rest of the competition.’
    • ‘A signing target for the Teesside club, his late introduction to the fray leaves him cup-tied to United.’
    • ‘‘I thought I would have been cup-tied,’ he quips.’
    • ‘I am cup-tied, but I would happily give up any involvement in the FA Cup to be here in the Premiership.’
    • ‘He will not be available for the Challenge Cup tie against former club Skirlaugh on January 26 as he is cup-tied.’
    • ‘Don't worry if players are cup-tied but get in world class players that will force the rest of the team to improve rather than more squad strengthening that does not create competition for places.’
    • ‘With three players cup-tied, one suspended and another released this month, there will be four familiar names missing, and some unfamiliar ones on the bench.’